Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Mgt 5000 – Strategic Business Analysis (3 credit hours)

Prerequisites: None

This course is specifically designed to train and educate students in the decision making sciences used secure sound data information, practical analysis, modeling, forecasting, and preparing information that will help guide an organization to a data driven decision making culture.  This course will take the student to the next level of analytical knowledge and help the secure the tools of business transformation while focusing on clients, consumers, and the company’s bottom line. 


Mgt 5220 – Business Ethics (3 credit hours)

Prerequisites: None

This course introduces students to the long-standing world literature addressing relationships between individuals and what constitutes ethical relationships and behavior.  Students will be introduced to both historical and current literature, relate these traditions to financial and economic theory, and learn how to apply these traditions within our contemporary business culture.


Ecn 5100 – Microeconomics (3 credit hours)

Prerequisites: Bus 5000

This course explores economic theory and practice at the level of individuals and businesses.  It explores various economic theories and compares them against empirical evidence.  Finally, the course focuses on how the insights gathered can be applied to inform successful business practice in the real world.   


Fin 5100 – Accounting Principles and Practice (3 credit hours)

Prerequisites: Students who already possess an undergraduate or graduate degree in accounting may take an additional Finance Core elective in lieu of Fin 5100.  Students must have previously taken an undergraduate course in accounting prior to Fin 5100 

This course introduces students to the essential elements of accounting principles and their usage in financial reporting.  Students will learn how to read, assess and interpret financial statements.  They will also learn where and how to access publicly available financial information.  The course will also demonstrate how to use core accounting information for various financial benchmarking and modeling outcomes.


Fin 5110 – Corporate Finance (3 credit hours)

Prerequisites: Bus 5000, Fin 5100

This course introduces students to the foundational knowledge that is essential for any person who is involved in the field of corporate finance.  Core concepts that are explored include, but are not limited to, understanding time value of money principles, designing cash flow projections, calculating and applying weighted average cost of capital, assessing capital investment expenditures, and balance sheet management.


Fin 5120 – Investments (3 credit hours)

Prerequisites: Bus 5000

This course surveys the contemporary field of investing.  Students will be introduced to significant theories regarding the operations and behavior of capital markets.  The course will also introduce students to the variety of investment vehicles available in the marketplace, including equities, fixed-income securities, derivatives, and non-traditional investments.  Finally, the course will cover beginning elements of portfolio construction.


Fin 5130 – Financial Statement Analysis (3 credit hours)

Prerequisites: Fin 5100, Fin 5110

This course introduces students to the methodologies of analyzing and interpreting GAAP financial statements from a finance perspective.  Students will learn how to generate financial projections from financial statement data in order to assess future business performance.  By the end of the course, students will be capable of accessing core information, projecting future cash flows, and will be introduced to entity valuation concepts.


Fin 5200 – Entrepreneurial Finance (3 credit hours)

Prerequisites: Fin 5110

This course is designed to introduce students to specific financial issues that small and medium size businesses often confront.  Students will review the creation of business plans, the various potential sources of debt and equity capital, and the financial practices and benchmarks that are appropriate to the unique risks and rewards associated with startup and rapid growth business enterprises.


Fin 5210 – Mergers, Acquisitions and Valuations (3 credit hours)

Prerequisites: Fin 5110

This course introduces students to the methodologies used to value business enterprises.  Students will learn various market-accepted valuation models used to estimate entity market value.  The course will also investigate the dynamic nature of the mergers and acquisitions marketplace, with an emphasis on understanding common negotiating points and potential pitfalls that often occur in private sector mergers and acquisitions.


Fin 5230 – Risk Management and Derivatives (3 credit hours)

Prerequisites: Fin 5110

This course considers the field of risk management.  It will review the current state of global and domestic insurance markets.  Students will learn techniques, including the use of derivatives, which will enable private sector companies and investors manage the levels of volatility outcomes in various financial scenarios.


Fin 5260 – Business Financial Strategic Planning (3 credit hours)

Prerequisites: Fin 5110

This course is an in-depth look at how finance is an integral element in the strategies of business entities incorporating diverse entity functions such as finance operations and sales.  Students will investigate the interrelationships between these functions in creating a well-designed strategic business plan.  They will also be introduced to appropriate ways to benchmark and adjust strategies in the face of changing market environments.  The course will also address how macro level economic, political and technological variables can impact an entity’s performance.


Fin 6100 – Portfolio Management (3 credit hours)

Prerequisites: Completion of MSF core courses.  Fin 6100 can only be taken as part of a student’s final three classes prior to completion of program degree requirements.

This course builds upon the concepts learned in Fin 5110 and teaches students techniques and methodologies that are appropriate in constructing investment portfolios.  Students will identify outcome goals in light of risk and reward tolerances and then construct portfolios that align with the initial objectives.  They will also learn how to appropriately benchmark and adjust the portfolio composition in light of changing events and trends.